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July 29, 2009 > Case management services for seniors

Case management services for seniors

By Meenu Gupta

Case Management services, offered through the Newark Senior Center, assist elderly residents to live independently in their homes. The individualized service gives low-income, impaired older adults access to health, economic, and social services for independent living. The objective is to keep the older person in their own home rather than being institutionalized.

A case manager and case management intern provide a comprehensive evaluation of the older person's health, financial, environmental, and social needs through home visits. On the basis of this assessment, a care plan is outlined, involving the family and others involved in the person's care. Follow up on the services is provided to ensure that services are obtained and provided to meet the needs of the client. The care plan is modified as needed. The client's situation is regularly monitored to see the progress.

The City Council at the July 23 regular meeting unanimously approved (vote 5-0) the agreement with the City of Fremont for case management services. The City has contracted for case management services with the City of Fremont since July 1, 1997.

The case manager is the answer to many of the referrals received from the Police and Fire Departments. As a result many repeated callouts for the Police and Fire Departments are eliminated, allowing safety personnel to focus on other business within the City.

The 2008-2009 agreement was in the amount of $17,456 and provided five hours of case management service per week. Due to severe financial constraints, the proposed case management budget for 2009-2010 has been reduced to $5,000, which provides one and one-half hours of service per week.

New clients may be placed on a waiting list or directed to other fee-based agencies until the case load can accommodate them. The case manager or case management intern will be available to provide service and phone consultation on an as-needed basis each week, Monday through Friday.

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